Real life prison break! Jailhouse converted into hostel houses travellers in cells
A 130-year-old prison has been converted into a quirky hostel, where travellers can experience a night in the CELLS.
The former military prison, dating back to 1883, is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia and has been converted into a youth hostel, offering a bed for travellers from all around the world.
There are 20 cells which guests can stay in and each is completely unique in its design, except they all have their original cell bars on the doors and windows.
In addition to the cells there are eight rooms which travellers can stay in plus a disabled room, and rates start from just £25 a night in a shared room.
The hostel, called Hostel Celica, was established in 2003 by the Student Organisation of Ljubljana and has been designed to be bright and quirky- a world away from the prison’s former grey décor.
The jailhouse was originally used as a military prison of the Austro-Hungarian army but the barracks were demilitarized in 1991 when Slovenia gained independence.
The historic building took two years to convert into the hostel it is today, which boasts its own art gallery for travellers to browse.
Local and international musicians regularly play gigs in the hostel’s bar and restaurant and guests can even enjoy a free, daily guided tour of the local area.
And it’s not just travellers seeking a night in the cells who rate the building- Celica was once even voted the number one hippest hostel in the world by travel guide Lonely Planet.
Sanja Petrovic, from Hostel Celica, said: “We are very proud of our unique hostel and its history as a prison and happy to see guest enjoying their time in this historic building.”